By Jon Dougherty

Even before then-Sen. Barack Obama won his first presidential race in November 2008, Americans — those who were willing to give him an honest look, that is — saw an ugliness associated with him.

His long association with the church of Jeremiah Wright, the “God Damn, America!” preacher who saw our country not as a beacon of hope in a world of authoritarianism and the land of opportunity for all but rather as a racist, bigoted construct built upon the backs of minorities and unchanged in more than 200 years of existence.

“The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law and then wants us to sing ‘God Bless America.’ No, no, no, God damn America, that’s in the Bible for killing innocent people,” Wright said in a 2003 sermon. “God damn America for treating our citizens as less than human. God damn America for as long as she acts like she is God and she is supreme.”

Mind you, the mainstream media, always ready to come to Obama’s defense early and often — and throughout his presidential tender — blew this off as the mere rantings of a preacher unconnected to Obama in any way other than peripherally.

But Wright married Barack and Michelle Obama; he mentored a young Obama as he tried to find his way in his Chicago community; and the Obama’s spent some two decades attending Wright’s Trinity United Church of Christ. If Barack Obama was offended by Wright’s ‘fiery rhetoric,’ he ‘rewarded’ the preacher with his rapt attention and regular attendance.

And it wasn’t just the “God Damn, America” schtick; Wright stated clearly his belief that “white America” is America’s problem.

After years of listening to this kind of racial hate and drivel, is it any wonder why Obama became the most racially charged president in our history? Americans who believed that his election would usher in a ‘new era’ of racial harmony were sorely disappointed time and again, beginning with his criticism of a white police officer who he said “acted stupidly” when arresting a friend and mentor, Prof. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., in 2009.

He said then: “I don’t know, not having been there and not seeing all the facts, what role race played in that. But I think it’s fair to say, number one, any of us would be pretty angry; number two, that the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home, and, number three, what I think we know separate and apart from this incident is that there’s a long history in this country of African Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately.”

For the next eight years, Obama would exploit local criminal incidents involving black men and white police officers, raising them to national prominence and always in a way that was racially divisive.

“Many people saw Barack Obama being just that, doing more to exacerbate racism,” former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) said in June.

Santorum added that “every time someone of color was involved, he took the side, many times, against the police.”

“He did it over and over and over again,” Santorum added. “President Obama was to many people out there someone who could have come together, brought this country together.”

Obama continued banging on the theme, ‘America is racist!’ even after his presidency. Speaking at the Obama Foundation Summit in November, the former president said the answers already exist to solve many of the problems facing both the U.S. and the world, but that the nation was not making progress “because we are still confused, blind, shrouded with hate, anger, racism, mommy issues.”

Like many on the Left, Obama, of course, blames POTUS Donald Trump for being a “product” of pent-up racism all whites still supposedly harbor for blacks and other minorities. He, like others on the Left, have falsely equated President Trump’s quest to control our borders and prevent potential terrorists from coming into the country with overt racism and religious bigotry, when Obama, as president, implemented the very same policies.

In other words, the characterization of POTUS Trump as ‘racist-in-chief’ is just another false narrative created and perpetuated the American Left in the mold established by Obama and his enablers: Blame conservatives and especially Trump supporters for being merchants of racial division when in fact, it’s the Obama-aligned Left that is trafficking in racism and hate.

Which brings me to “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett.

Based on reporting, it appears as though he faked his “hate crime” incident in Chicago late last month, and although the Hollywood and media Leftists who jumped to Smollett’s defense sans evidence are never going to admit they were wrong for jumping to conclusions that Trump-supporting, “MAGA”-hat wearing racists were responsible when they weren’t, it’s important to point out how and why hoaxers like Smollett are so easily believed despite the fact that race hoaxes are so common these days.

It’s because people like him have been enabled by master enablers and professional race hustlers like Obama. Leftists so readily believe the hoaxes because they’ve been conditioned to believe them and because they want to believe them.

Like Jeremiah Wright conditioned Obama for years to believe that the country he would someday lead is nothing more than a racist, lying, bastion of bigotry and imperialism, so has Obama and those like him conditioned their Left-wing supporters to believe the same things, despite so much obvious evidence to the contrary.

As Smollett’s high-profile hoax is further exposed, it’s becoming clear that he has single-handedly turned back the clock on American race relations by a century.

But in his defense, he didn’t do it alone. He had a lot of help from high places.

And frankly, at this point, it seems unlikely that our racial divisions will heal anytime soon, if at all.

This isn’t Donald Trump’s fault. It wasn’t Donald Trump who ‘inspired’ Jussie Smollett to fake a hate crime. It was Barack Obama and the legions of Left-wing race baiters he created.

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